Judges Marvin E. Aspen (N.D.Ill.) and Kimba M. Wood (S.D.N.Y.) discuss and emphasize the continued importance of careful case management as the civil trial approaches. Topics they address include the final pretrial conference; jury selection and orientation; maximizing jury performance; courtroom demeanor; instructions; summations and deliberations; the verdict and post-trial proceedings; and the bench trial. For use in the orientation of district judges.